When it comes to going to places as far flung away as Mexico and the United States, it can be hard to travel green. So, if you want to offset your carbon footprint after flying, it’s essential that you look into staying in an eco-friendly hotel. But, how do you find them when they are so far away, on another continent? Well, you can start by following this guide – read on to find out more!
Mexico has long been a popular destination for all kinds of people. But, in recent years, there has been a concerted effort by the Mexican tourist industry to appeal to the more eco-conscious amongst us. The only issues are finding the right places to stay in the many loved destinations, including Cozumel and Cancun. So, here are some tips to get you started.
As with many things in life these days, your best bet is to search online for some ideas. There are plenty of places on the web that promote greener holidays – take our little guide to green activities in Mexico, for example. Most of the major holiday operators all have eco-friendly sections right now, which is great for those with a green outlook in life. There are, however, a few things you should be looking out for.
Green hotspots in Mexico
First of all, look for the best places in Mexico with the biggest green credentials. One of the most prominent eco-friendly destinations is the Tres Rios. It’s eight miles away from Playa del Carmen. One of the major highlights is the Hacienda Tres Rios. It is an amazing eco-hotel located where three different rivers meet the Pacific.
It’s also worth paying Cozumel a visit – especially if you enjoy underwater activities such as snorkelling. There are some stunning coral reefs to explore, and the residents are determined to keep them the way nature intended. There is also a reserve used as a sea turtle sanctuary, which is extra brownie points for the green holidaymaker.
Eco-friendly holidays in Mexico are only a recent thing. So, it can be tough to separate the real deals from those that make big claims but deliver little. Your best bet is to look out for a reputable independent body such as Green Globe, for example. Lists like these can give you an instant snapshot of the type of accommodation – and eco credentials – you can expect.
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for Cancun holidays or an adventure in the Lacandon Jungle. You can almost guarantee that nearly every hotel will advertise their green credentials to attract extra custom. But, if you are looking for the real deal, make sure you inspect their websites with a fine toothcomb.
Avoid advertising slogans like ‘organic’ and ‘eco-friendly’. Unless, of course, they have specific facts to give you. If there is no evidence or no links to green certification, it isn’t likely they will take their eco responsibilities as keen as you are hoping. Companies that are serious about their efforts will go to great lengths to prove their worth. So, if you don’t see that evidence, look elsewhere.
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